At the Annual Vestry and Parochial Church Meetings in April 2022, the following were elected to serve as Churchwardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members:
Peter Eales (SMSG)
Deb Kidd (SMSG)
Jill Barby (All Saints)
Richard Hearne (All Saints)
Rhian Parsons (SMSG)
Graham Brown (SMSG)
Dick Martin (SMSG)
Susi Whitehouse (SMSG)
John Hickman (All Saints)
Anna Page (All Saints)
Deanery Synod Members
Anne de Brois
In addition, at the PCC meeting following the APCM:
Bob Scarff was elected as Treasurer and Vice-Chairman
Susi Whitehouse was elected as PCC Secretary
and Gwen Yates was co-opted to the PCC as one of the Parish Safeguarding Officers
Although Father Ross’s actual retirement date is not yet fixed, it has been agreed with the Bishop of Buckingham and the Standing Committee of the Parochial Church Council that his final Sunday services in the parish will be held on the following dates:
All Saints 11:15am on Sunday 6th February 2022 with a Farewell Reception immediately following
St Mary & St Giles on Sunday 13th February 2022
09:30 Parish Mass
16:00 Evensong & Benediction with a Farewell Reception afterwards.
The Parish Nativity Play took place in All Saints Church, Calverton on Sunday 21st December at 4pm by candlelight. The church was packed with people. SMSG church band conducted by Lesley and the small Willis pipe organ played by John provided the accompanying music. Staging to make the children a bit more visible from the box pews was provided by SMSG church school.
Carol Singing around Stony Stratford and Galley Hill was on 18th and 22nd December this year. These photos are of the carol singers just before they got mulled wine and snacks after 90 minutes of singing outdoors in Stony Stratford on Monday night. Over £120 was raised for ‘Let the Children Live’ on these two evenings.
All Saints, Calverton hosted its annual fete in the church grounds on a bright, cloudy Sunday 16th September. There were various table top sales, tombola, raffle, games such as the coconut shy and hook a duck and teas and cakes. St Mary & St Giles band played during the afternoon (occasional gusts of wind blowing their music about) and the bell ringers in the tower demonstrated the bells to those who ventured up the tower to see the view of the Parish from above.
These are a few pictures of the fete, which was well attended and raised £1,750 for the All Saints Church Restoration Fund in 2 hours.
The Parish celebrated her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style this long weekend. The flower arrangers were very busy in the days leading up to the weekend and did a splendid display in St Mary & St Giles, which is resplendent in red, white and blue. Some of the arrangements are in memory of parishioners who have died.
On Sunday morning Fr Ross lead the special celebration service in All Saints, Calverton (at 11.30 am) and repeated the service in St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford later that day (6pm). The Parish Singers sang the psalm and the anthem – Purcell’s ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ during the service, and a small group of the hand bell ringers played ‘The Angelus’ at the end of the service before the voluntary.